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New poll finds Liberals behind NDP in B.C.

By Byron Chu, QMI Agency Vancouver

A new poll commissioned by the province's non-union building contractors suggests the B.C. Liberals are not trailing as far behind the NDP as other polls indicate.

Premier Christy Clark's Liberals have 36% support compared to 42% for Adrian Dix's NDP, according to a NRG Research Group poll conducted for the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C.

The six-point gap is much smaller than in polls released earlier this month by Ipsos Reid and Angus Reid, showing the NDP leading by 12 and 14 points respectively.

The B.C. Conservatives garnered 13% support in the NRG poll, while the Green Party had 10%.

The poll came the same day Christy Clark's press secretary, former CTV reporter Chris Olsen, was let go in what was called a "restructuring" move.

"ICBA did this poll because our members and our industry depend on a strong economy and a strong free-enterprise government for their success," said ICBA President Philip Hochstein, adding the results show Clark's jobs plan and liquid natural gas strategy were resonating with voters.

"(Six points) is less of a margin than the B.C. Liberals faced a year before the 2005 election."

Clark is also the most popular leader in the poll, with 43% having a favourable impression of her compared to 30% for Adrian Dix and 13% for Conservative John Cummins.